Arsenal plot shock French international swoop

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Arsenal are being linked with a surprise January move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The 22-year-old French international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu stadium, with Manchester United thought to be courting the striker for several seasons now.

However, Italian reports now suggest that Arsenal are keen on bringing the striker to the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger looking to add to his strike-force.

The Gunners have been promised money to spend after recently announcing record profits, and recent injuries to Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner showed that the north London club are still quite light in attacking options.

Benzema joined the Lyon youth system from an early age, working his way through the setup to make his Ligue 1 debut in January 2005.

After five solid seasons at Les Gones, Real Madrid would pay €35 million for the highly-rated striker as the Galacticos looked to re-build their reputation as the powerhouse of Spanish football.

However, Benzema failed to secure a regular spot in the Los Blancos starting eleven, and could be available for transfer as Jose Mourinho looks to revamp his new side.

Arsenal would need to bid in the region of £20 million when the window re-opens in January, but the Gunners could potentially wait until the summer to make a move.

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